21 Surprisingly Trendy Yellow Hair Color Ideas

Best yellow hair colors

Yellow hair is a fashion color that is bright and bold. Sometimes called mustard hair, yellow hair colors are the sunnier shade of blonde. Opt for yellow hair if you dare, because this cheery shade is very trendy right now.

Yellow tinges in dyed hair used to be a nightmare for many, but expert stylists and celebrities are now embracing this atypical hue and straying far from the usual blondes. Hailey Baldwin is one of the first trendsetters of mustard strands, and she wore it in neon!

Fashion color expert Jaymz Marsters displays in his IG-famous feed how stunning and creative you can be with yellow hair. Sticking with warmer hues like this zesty shade, fortunately, goes impeccable on any type of skin tone.

As far as maintenance goes, a yellow mane doesn’t require much compared to other vibrant fashion hues. Although, quality products are still required to keep the vibrancy and take care of your hair’s health after the bleaching process. Beware though that yellow hair will not set for a lot of people and many treatments of bleaching and toner color will be needed. You will also need to use products that definitely protect against color fading to maintain the color.

If you’re all set to give this unique shade a go, scroll down below for the trendiest photos of yellow hair color shades on Instagram right now!

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Yellow and White Hair

Yellow and White Hair
Instagram @donnabellahair

When all else fails, make that yellow bright by partnering it with a platinum blonde. Super bold and vivid yellow blonde hair, might I say!

Pink and Yellow Hair Color

Pink and Yellow hair color
Instagram @fullhairalchemist

Ever dreamed of having cartoon colorful hair? Now you can wear soft-hued lemons and peaches in reality!

Pale Yellow

Pale Yellow
Instagram @kirstenmci

Q&A with style creator, Kirsten McIntosh
Updo Stylist / Colourist @ Kirsten McIntosh Freelance in Oakville, ON

How would you describe this?

This pale yellow hue is very fresh yet lived in meaning it looks done but undone all at the same time. The best part about the color is the 2 tones that appear, and how the pops of color start off the root. Any blonde could wear these kinds of colors since they are temporary.

What’s your best advice?

This pastel yellow hair really is something you could sport for a short time due to the temporary color, which will wash out in 6-12 washes depending on the shampoo you use and the temporary effect of the hairstyle.

Blue and Yellow Hair

Blue and Yellow Hair
Instagram @katiebendthair

Q&A with style creator, Katie Bendt
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Orting Hair Studio in Orting, WA


How would you describe this?

Having yellow hair is a really bold choice, and golden yellow will most definitely brighten your entire style. This blue and yellow hair was achieved using Trillion Tones as a one-step lift and deposit fashion color. Choose a yellow-blue combo as they are complementary to natural tones in most skin and eye colors.

What’s your best advice?

Having brightly colored hair can grab a lot of attention! Most hair types can be a candidate for yellow hair since the hair will naturally lift to a yellow tone when lightening.

Depending on how dark your natural color is will determine the process it will take and how light/bright the outcome will be. Having vivid colors in your hair will require a strict home care routine. Only shampoo once or twice a week with cold/cool water, and conditioning and rinsing thoroughly on other days or using dry shampoo will help, too.

The longevity of your bright yellow hair color depends on your care at home so it is best to use the products recommended for your hair by your stylist so it is catered to your hair’s exact needs.

Black and Yellow

Black and Yellow hair color
Instagram @_hairwitch_

This black and yellow hair has the right balance of lemon yellow and ebony color to bring out a freshening look right onto your face! The pop of color really stands out and brings your wavy bob into a whole other level.

Pastel Yellow

Pastel Yellow
Instagram @superbasic.hair

Usual takers on two-colored hair try for the ombre or balayage technique. This cutting edge dip-dye job takes on a whole level of sunny yellow dyed hair.

Yellow Bleached Hair on Dark Skin

Yellow Bleached Locks on Dark Skin
Instagram @slayedbyblossom

Look, any yellow hairstyle or color fits ebony beauties, so trying this one won’t be a problem.

Short and Bright Yellow

Short and Bright Yellow Hair
Instagram @ryanerwin_hair

There is no room to be mellow when you’ve got hair this yellow! The neon shade on punk short hair embodies ride or die attitude.

Yellowish Grey Hair

Yellowish Grey hair color
Instagram @amber.cuttinup

An unlikely combination but one that works! A dusky color that blends into yellow hair with canary ends is a surprisingly good pair.

Red Hair with Yellow Highlights

Red Hair with Yellow Highlights
Instagram @cabeloscoloridos66

This red hair with yellow highlights really shows off those dragon flames!

Black and Yellow Ombre

Black and Yellow Ombre
Instagram @chaannttt

With this hairstyle, your yellow hair will instantly be that stand-out fashion piece for when you’re lazy to update your wardrobe.

Yellow Highlights

Yellow Highlights
Instagram @hairbytaranichole

This may be your first step to having yellow hair colors. Ease into it by having it first as highlights and make your caramel locks brighten up.

Brassy Yellow Hair Color

Brassy yellow hair color
Instagram @josiethestylist

A lot of shades of yellow can look like failed bleach jobs. Luckily, this one hits the perfect spot of not too yellow and blonde.

Yellow Sunlight Blonde Hair

Yellow Sunlight Blonde Hair
Instagram @hairby.bk

Swiping on streaks of yellow on short, blonde hair is a vibrant surprise.

Orange, Red, Yellow Ombre Color

Orange, Red, Yellow Ombre Color
Instagram @hannahdisconnected

Here’s one for the undecided ladies out there. Partner your dyed yellow hair with a lovely orange and get ready to wear the sunset all day long.

Green and Yellow

Green and Yellow hair color
Instagram @hairbynakishac

This yellow hue has got you lookin’ like heroes straight from the comic books!

Purple and Yellow

Purple and Yellow
Instagram @haironesalon

The right pastel yellow shade for both colors, blended properly, seem to complement each other very well.

Neon Yellow Hair Color

Q&A with style creator, Aimee Jörliden
Hairdresser & Makeup Artist @ Aimee Hair & Makeup in Helsingborg, Sweden


How would you describe this?

This is a real-statement hair and a color that stands out. To dare to have yellow hair is an empowering thing. Be prepared to turn heads. The bright neon orange roots give the hair some depth and compliment the overall neon yellow hair.

What’s your best advice?

For a bold color like this, your hair needs to be in good condition. The hair needs to be bleached beforehand to be colored yellow, and not every hair can handle that process. That’s why a blunt cut complements the color. Almost like a wig!

The colors used were from Guy Tang Mydentity – phoenix fire and lightning bolt. Always use Olaplex nr 3 at home.

Yellow Ombre on Long Hair

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Manginelli
Colorist / Stylist @ Hairroin Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this?

This sunflower yellow ombré hair was created using a seamless blend of foil application and the perfect saturation of yellow for vibrancy and shine. Notice the transition of the natural dark hair into the yellow. Style your hair smooth for a lot of movement to show off the transition, but to also have the yellow hair dye be as dramatic as it looks!

What’s your best advice?

Vivid colors need a lot of attention. Color safe and heat protecting products will help with the longevity of color. Get a customized colored conditioner that will help refresh the color with every wash.

As far as the lightening process, that can be more low maintenance if you choose to do a ombre yellow hair color like this. Anything that has the natural hair blended in with it will be easier to maintain and just require a color refresher in between the lightening service. Keeping your yellow hair natural, hydrated, and healthy will always make your vivid hair look amazing!

Dark Yellow Curly Hair

Dark Yellow Curly Hair
Instagram @carlajimenez_d

Q&A with style creator, Carla Jimenez
Colorist / Hairdresser @ Black Academy Salon in Mexico City, Mexico


How would you describe this?

These dark yellow strands are something fun without being dramatic. The color and the fusion it has at the end is creating a certain hairstyle.

What’s your best advice?

Make sure your hair is in good condition and make a good discoloration. It’s important to wear this dark yellow hair safely, and at home, you should be very careful with specific products, especially a shampoo dry.

Mustard Yellow Hair Color

Mustard Yellow Hair Color
Instagram @fonsiedoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Fonsie Vasquez
Hairstylist @ Chaveleeze Studio in El Paso, TX


How would you describe this?

This is a beautiful ray of mustard yellow! Its warmth and vibrancy are a plus, as well as it’s all over even color.

What’s your best advice?

Be sure you can take care of it at home! Especially if going from such a drastic change, you need to be sure that all the work put in at the chair doesn’t go to waste at home. Ask your stylist to send you home with the Joico Defy Damage masque to maintain the superb integrity of your yellow hair after bleaching.